IEBC New Measures: Commission’s Proposal To Avoid August 8 Election Cancellation Mistakes

IEBC New Measures – The electoral commission has listed new measures it proposes will resolve, on its part, the reason why the August 8 presidential election was canceled.

One of the reasons given by the Supreme Court as to why the election was canceled was that the electoral commission’s chairperson, Wafula Chebukati, failed to verify the results he had received before declaring victory for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

To resolve this, the IEBC is requesting that returning officers will be required to physically deliver constituency-based results to the National Tallying Center at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi before Chebukati can declare the winner.

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All the 290 constituency returning officers (CROs) will be required to after submitting the scanned forms 34B via the electronic results transmission system, submit the original forms at the national tallying center.

The CROs will also be obliged to present the bundles of forms 34A from all the polling stations within their constituencies, a process that will allow verification of results before Chebukati can determine and declare the final election outcome.

This also means the country will have to wait a little bit longer before knowing the winner in the October 26 repeat presidential election due to the expansive nature of constituencies and the transport constraints in far-flung regions.

The commission, however, still plans to display provisional results obtained from the electronically transmitted results from the polling stations on its website and at the tallying center.

Another new measure is the reconfiguration of KIEMS kits to make it impossible to transmit results without attaching forms 34A.

The Supreme Court was informed that some of the constituency returning officers submitted irregular forms with some lacking set security features.

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IEBC is now planning to standardize all forms 34B while providing extra copies to allow for reprinting should returning officers commit errors. They will, however, be required to account for each of the copies issued.

The final part of the IEBC new measures is the installation of customized results declaration forms on laptops of the 290 CROs containing fixed details of polling stations in a constituency, the number of registered voters per station and the names of candidates such that the returning officers will only key in scores from each of the polling stations and tabulate the totals before printing on the security forms.